VIDEO: Wild Somali Baby Asses Are Super Rare, Totally Precious and a First for the Dallas Zoo

PEOPLE.com | 8/2/2017 | Saryn Chorney
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All jokes aside about their name, we are getting quite a kick out of the Dallas Zoo’s new — also exceedingly rare and critically endangered — Somali wild **** babies.

On Tuesday, the zoo introduced its two new residents, half-sisters Kalila and Naima, on Facebook. The beautiful, bucking girls were born just 10 days apart to mama wild asses Liberty and Hani. Their father, Abai, was brought over in 2005 from the Basel Zoo in Switzerland to help bring a new bloodline of asses to the U.S.

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“This is a big moment for our hoofstock team. Somali wild asses are critically endangered with less than 600 left in the wild,” said mammal curator John Fried in the zoo’s recent press release. “Only nine institutions in the U.S. care for this rare species, and to be able to welcome two babies is truly one of the highlights of my career.”

Kalila, whose name means “dearly loved” in Arabic, was born on July 9 to 13-year-old Liberty, while Naima, whose name means “calm” was born on July 19 to first-time mom Hani, who is 5 years old. The animals are herbivores and have a life expectancy of 40 years.

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